Green spaces and walkable neighbourhoods can all help in the fight against dementia

Thirty years ago dementia was a condition less understood than it is now and assumed to be a normal part of ageing.

Sleep test predicts dementia in older adults

Measurements of brain activity during sleep reveal signs of accelerated brain aging.

Antipsychotics for treating adult depression linked with higher mortality

Physicians managing adults with depression should be aware of the potential for increased mortality from antipsychotics use, study finds.

Commission launches elder abuse awareness campaign

The Australian Human Rights Commission launched an elder abuse awareness campaign on the International Day of Older Persons (1 October 2020).

Do not forget food: the essential ingredient in health and wellbeing of older Australians

The importance of providing nutritious food and satisfying mealtimes in the wellbeing of older Australians must be recognised if the Royal Commission’s report into the impact of COVID-19 on aged care are to improve quality of life for residents.

Aged care residents eat more when served larger portions

As Australia’s aged care sector continues to be scrutinised, researchers at the University of South Australia show that plain solutions are often the best.

Dementia caregivers’ stress leads to sleep deprivation

New Edith Cowan University (ECU) research has found 94 per cent of Australians caring for a loved one with dementia are sleep deprived.

Older Australians deserve more than the aged care royal commission's COVID-19 report delivers

Amid the ongoing disaster in Victorian aged-care homes, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety yesterday released its special report into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call for government to support a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons

In recognition of the International Day of Older Persons (1 October), the Law Council of Australia is providing in-principle support to the development of a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and calls on the Federal Government to support the initiative.

Federal government did not prepare aged care sector adequately for COVID: royal commission

The royal commission into aged care has said government did not prepare the sector well enough for the pandemic.

NSA - response to Royal Commission COVID-19 report

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the COVID-19 report into aged care by the Royal Commission and its recommendations.

LASA - Royal Commission report - protecting older Australians a national priority

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care industry, thanks the Aged Care Royal Commission for their special report on aged care and COVID-19.

What are manufactured home estates and why are they so problematic for retirees?

Some operators have predicted manufactured home estates will be the most popular type of retirement living in the near future, surpassing retirement villages.

COVID-19 report identifies immediate areas for action

Aged Care Royal Commissioners, the Honourable Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO, have handed a special report on the COVID-19 pandemic in aged care to the Governor-General, David Hurley.

Government welcomes Aged Care Royal Commission’s COVID-19 report recommendations

On this 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, the Australian Government welcomed the COVID-19 report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, tabled in the Australian Parliament today.

More choice hasn’t improved aged care

Sweeping changes to national aged care funding in the past decade have resulted in worse mental health for older Australians, University of Queensland research shows.

PBO report - older women at risk of long-term unemployment without Government action

The Parliamentary Budget Office released a report 30 September showing that in the lead up to the COVID-19 crisis, older women were increasingly recipients of JobSeeker (then Newstart).

The budget must address aged care — here are 3 key priorities

Australia’s aged care system has produced a litany of failures: unpalatable food, poor care, neglect, abuse and, most recently, the tragedies of the pandemic.

Leave extended for aged care residents during COVID-19

Senior Australians who have moved out of an aged care home during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to benefit from the Australian Government’s emergency leave arrangements.

New tool provides comparisons to improve aged care

Australia’s aged care sector will soon have a new tool to improve care by providing accurate quality and safety comparisons between aged care homes.

Research confirms link between sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s disease

New research has confirmed long-suspected links between sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s disease, finding identical signs of brain damage in both conditions.